It had been 31 long years, but Sweden finally cracked the code and won the gold medal at the 2012 World Junior Championship. The win didn't come easily, with Russian goaltender Andrei Makarov making sure that his tired teammates remained a threat into overtime. But it was Sweden's Mika Zibanejad that would decide this contest as he swooped in on Makarov in the overtime to score the biggest goal in Swedish hockey in many years.
This is the first Under-20 World Junior Championship for Sweden‘s Victor Rask, one that has so far worked out well for the Swedes. For Max Friberg, it could turn out to be one of the more memorable events of his entire hockey career, as well as a chance to avenge a disappointing loss to Russia at last year’s tournament in Buffalo. Friberg scored the game-tying goal and shootout winner for Sweden in their 3-2, semi-final win over Finland. The Swedes will face Russia for the gold medal on Thursday night.
Rask and Friberg talked about the win over Finland, and about the chance to play for gold at the 2012 WJC. Read more»
Swedish forward Sebastian Collberg has been a rising prospect for the 2012 NHL Draft. Collberg’s sharp performance at the 2012 World Junior Championship has done nothing to tarnish his credentials as a goal-scorer, and may in fact boost his ranking towards the top 10. He’ll get an opportunity to show his skills in the gold medal game as he and his teammates will faceoff against Russia for the 2012 WJC bragging rights.
Collberg talked about the win over Finland, and taking part in his first Under-20 WJC.
Defenseman Patrik Nemeth was a part of last year’s highly-touted Swedish WJC squad that ultimately fell short of their lofty expectations. Nemeth and his teammates are making up for last year’s disappointment by competing for the gold medal at the 2012 World Junior Championship as they have moved on to the showcase game following their semi-final win over Finland.
Nemeth talked about the win over Finland following the game.
Sweden head coach Roger Ronnberg was at the helm at last year’s WJC, where his squad fell short of earning a medal despite high expectations. At the 2012 World Junior Championship, Ronnberg and his charges have assured themselves of winning a medal, which could turn out to be golden if Sweden can defeat Russia in the tournament finale on Thursday.
Ronnberg talked about his team’s win over Finland and about playing for the gold medal.
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